The Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Saskia Esken, has proposed that an income of up to 300 euros per family be provided in order to shorten the working day and facilitate the arbitration. However, the measure must be agreed with the conservative partners of the grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“The families in which the two parents work are at the limit. We have to support the family. A family income or a parent’s income could be of great help,” said Esken in an interview published by the German group’s newspapers this Saturday . RND.
Esken emphasized that the former SPD family minister Manuela Schwesig (2013-2017) has already mentioned this possibility, but the Christian Democratic Union Merkel (CDU) has vetoed it. “Just as the government plans to adopt an economic plan in early June, it must find a solution for families in June,” said Esken.
The social democratic leader has also defended greater fiscal pressure on businesses, instead lowering taxes on average wages to share the burden of the crisis.